School Policy on Restraining Students Will Change: de Blasio

School Policy on Restraining Students Will Change: de Blasio

October 1, 2014

The New York City public school system is going to change its policy on restraining students for unruly behavior, said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The policy that we inherited we are not satisfied with,” de Blasio said when asked by the I-Team following a report on a 5-year-old placed in restraints. “A new policy will be announced quite soon, clarifying the kind of restraint we expect in these situations.”

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/public-schools-restraints-soft-handcuffs-seclusion-277802161.html

What School Safety Officers Did to a Special-Needs Kindergartner Prompted His Mom to Start Videotaping and Hire an Attorney

What School Safety Officers Did to a Special-Needs Kindergartner Prompted His Mom to Start Videotaping and Hire an Attorney

October 1, 2014

New York City’s PS 107 has called Alicia Cabrel about her 5-year-old son in the past. Because she lives just across the street from the Bronx school, Cabrel usually comes over to help out when needed. But what happened to her boy at school last week prompted the flabbergasted mom to get in touch with an attorney.

Read more: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/01/what-school-safety-officers-did-to-a-special-needs-kindergartner-prompted-his-mom-to-start-videotaping-and-hire-an-attorney/

Video Shows Special-Needs Student Restrained in Bronx School

Video Shows Special-Needs Student Restrained in Bronx School

September 30, 2014

Questions linger after a 5-year-old special-needs student was tied up as part of a punishment for acting out at his Bronx school, and the incident was caught on cell phone video. Now, his mother is demanding answers. The video is heartbreaking, and it’s tough to watch the little boy crying out for his mother. But the big question is did school safety agents at PS 107 in the Soundview section go too far, or was there good reason to restrain the boy while following protocol?

Read more: http://7online.com/education/video-shows-special-needs-student-restrained-in-bronx-school/331179/

De Blasio Plans Revised Code for Discipline in Schools

De Blasio Plans Revised Code for Discipline in Schools

September 28, 2014

The de Blasio administration plans to release a new school discipline code this fall, part of a larger initiative to examine school safety, discipline, suspensions and arrests. Politically, the stakes are high for Mr. de Blasio, who gained traction in the race for mayor agitating on issues of social justice and, as with his policing strategies, will have to balance the rights of students to be treated fairly with the need for schools to remain safe.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/nyregion/mayor-plans-revised-code-for-discipline-in-schools.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1

As City Prepares To Rethink School Discipline, A Look At Restorative Justice Programs In Action

As City Prepares To Rethink School Discipline, A Look At Restorative Justice Programs In Action

June 23, 2014

For the past few years, the Department of Education has been quietly building its capacity to implement restorative justice programs. Most recently, the department’s Office of Safety and Youth Development verbally committed to expanding the programs next year by providing funding that would allow schools to hire restorative justice coordinators and train staff members. Though the number of schools involved and the dollar amount each would receive have yet to be determined, a proposal presented by the New York chapter of the Dignity in Schools Campaign last December outlines an $8.75 million investment: a pilot cohort of 10 schools, each receiving $175,000 annually for five years. That would be a significant step in a citywide shift toward restorative justice that Chancellor Carmen Fariña promoted in May, and Mayor Bill de Blasio called for as public advocate.

Read more: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/06/23/as-city-prepares-to-rethink-school-discipline-a-look-at-restorative-justice-programs-in-action/#.Vgl9OflVhBe

City Preparing To Expand Restorative Justice Programs

City Preparing To Expand Restorative Justice Programs

June 20, 2014

The city is poised to dramatically expand restorative justice programs aimed at improving school climate and rethinking school discipline next year. The head of the Department of Education’s Office of Safety and Youth Development verbally committed to provide new support for restorative justice programs at a May meeting about school discipline issues, according to two attendees. Though few details of the expansion have been finalized, the agreement represents the administration’s first step toward enacting discipline policy changes that Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Mayor Bill de Blasio have both called for. On Friday, a department spokeswoman said officials had been consulting with a number of organizations focused on school discipline, including Dignity in Schools. The New York chapter has been meeting monthly with the safety office to create a plan that would begin in January 2015, according to Elana Eisen-Markowitz, a teacher at the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters who attended the May meeting.

Read more: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/06/20/city-prepares-to-expand-restorative-justice-programs/#.Vgl9OflVhBe